San Miguel de Alllende is one of Mexico’s most traditional and historic cities as well as a hub of gastronomic activity, with top-notch Mexican, European and American food in particular. Here are ten great places to enjoy a breakfast and brunch to remember.
Arguably the best gourmet breakfast and brunch spot in town, Lavanda Cafe serves culinary delights made with love and creative spirit. Its famous eggs Benedict, the homemade lemonades, and the lavender coffees are some of the menu’s highlights that should not be missed. The rustic, fresh and welcoming courtyard of this cozy restaurant is a great spot to unwind too.
A gourmet all day café/restaurant/bakery, La Mesa Grande is famous for its breads and top-notch thin crusted pizzas. Decorated like a Mediterranean rustic taverna, this relaxed place is ideal to enjoy a wholesome breakfast or brunch. La Mesa Grande also serves a variety of delicious sandwiches, fresh salads, pastries, coffees, beers and rich desserts. The communal tables and the laid-back ambience are good excuses to strike up a conversation with other patrons.
Open all day for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, El Pegaso never disappoints with its great Mexican food and it is popular among locals. The chiles rellenos, the eggs Benedict, the Uevos Rancheros and the well made margaritas are some of the highlights of its extensive menu. The reasonable prices and a lovely rooftop terrace with great views of La Parroquia also add to the draw.
Cafe Contento is a gourmet café offering organic cuisine at its best. A popular spot for breakfast and lunch, it gets busy in the mornings with people flocking in to taste its organic eggs, oatmeal, bagels, chicken quesadillas and fresh salads. The outside seating area is colourful and vibrant, and perfect to enjoy a relaxed meal.
This simple and unpretentious family-run restaurant serves wholesome Mexican and continental meals. From its renowned chilaquiles, and ginger pancakes to the curry chicken salad and shrimp cakes, El Buen Cafe offers excellent breakfast and brunch options for a fair price. Its serene location towards San Antonio makes the trip from the centre worth your while to experience a more authentic and less touristy side of San Miguel.
Provecho is a family run business that offers gourmet food cooked with care and creativity. Successfully experimenting with international cuisine its dishes include moussaka, potato leek soup, mandarin orange glazed cranberry scones served with tea as well as their own Mexican Uuevos Provecho. The walls are decorated with quilt art, giving the restaurant a colourful and cheerful ambience.
This French inspired bistro/bakery knows what great dough is. Cumpanio is well known for its super fresh baguettes, croissants, pastries, donuts and scones, and also serves a variety of breakfasts and brunches. Try the delicious eggs Benedict, chilaquiles and creative tarts with feta cheese, tomato and eggplant. Its modern and light interior has a great vibe too.
There is no better place to enjoy a hearty breakfast in style than Lolita. This impressive high ceiling restaurant is full of colonial grandeur and has an elegant ambience. Its menu includes a good selection of well-known egg dishes, fresh pastries, cakes, excellent coffees and a variety of traditional Mexican cuisine. The restaurant also offers an outside patio facing on a busy street which is perfect for people watching.
This hip art café is a hotspot for gourmet meals in San Miguel. Interesting pop art on the walls is contrasted and complemented by antique-style furniture, making it a funky dining spot. In Cafe Rama you can enjoy creative fresh breakfasts, salads, sandwiches, bagels and great wines and beers. If you are feeling generous or creatively starved the art is for sale.
A popular hangout for locals, Buen Dia Cafe is a simple and inexpensive spot to enjoy some authentic local delicacies. Buen Dia Cafe serves no-nonsense Mexican breakfasts together with the best cappuccinos and hot chocolates in town. The Omelette William (three whites, one yolk) and the coffees are a must-try.